Host City: New Delhi
A kingdom that has created more than one empire, ‘Delhi’ today is an incredible combination of the ancient and the contemporary. Being the nation’s capital, this city gives out a stark contrast for a first-time traveller. You may find high rise towers, swanky malls and BMWs’ in harmony with the historical monuments, rustic ruins and bullock carts. An excellent doorway to unwind flashback without compromising on luxury, this city is sure to take you by surprise!
Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital Delhi. It was the magnet, which drew the Mongols, Turks, Persians, Afghans, Mughals and the British, all of whom contributed to its glorious but turbulent past. The fascination with Delhi was such that even though it was abandoned many times, its rulers returned to it again and again rebuilding it at least seven times. Today, the twin cities of Old and New Delhi still intrigue Indians and tourists alike as the cultural and political capital of the largest democracy in the world.
Delhi has always remained the centre of power. Like it promises, there is always something more to discover in Delhi!
Siri Fort Auditorium Complex
August Kranti Marg, New Delhi- 110049
|Name of the City||Delhi|
|Area||1,484 km2 (573.0 mi2)|
|Time Zone||Indian Standard Time(UTC+5.30)|
|Distance(s)||From Mumbai – 1439 Kms
From Chennai – 2181 Kms
From Kolkata – 1464 Kms
|Population||16.7 Million as Per census (2013)|
|Country code of India||0091 or +91|
|City code / Area code of Delhi||011|
|Languages||Hindi & English|
What makes Delhi such a special destination is its multi-cultural mix of people. Migrations from various parts of India has led to diverse culture coming together in various parts of Delhi to an extent that very few of the city’s residents can lay claim to being ‘real’ Delhi-wallahs. The people of Delhi are basically Hindu, Punjabis, many of them originally refugees who fled in the opposite direction – from Pakistan to India – during Partition.
There are several languages in Delhi, which are spoken by various groups of people residing in the city. As the city is dominated by the Hindu population, the majority of the people speak in Hindi. However the language is split up into several interesting dialects, which are popular among the people.
Other majorly spoken languages are Urdu, Punjabi and English.
Delhi features a typical version of the humid subtropical climate. The warm season lasts from April to July with an average daily high temperature above 36 °C (97 °F). The hottest day of the year is 22 May, with an average high of 38 °C (100 °F) and low of 25 °C (77 °F).
The cold season lasts from December to February with an average daily high temperature below 18 °C (64 °F). The coldest day of the year is 4 January, with an average low of 2 °C (36 °F) and high of 15 °C (59 °F).
What to wear
The climate of Delhi is quite of an extreme type, which is scorching hot in summers and chilling in winters. In summers, one should wear loose fitting cotton clothing. The weather of Delhi in peak winters is quite chilly and one should wear woolen clothing.
Delhi is very well connected to other parts of the world through air transport.
All the major destinations of India also are very well linked with Delhi through Roads and Railway networks. The internal transport system is also very well maintained in Delhi.
Auto Rickshaws are also widely available throughout Delhi to commute from one place to another. They are a great way of seeing a city. Also, they are less expensive than taxis and unlike buses, they take you to the doorstep of your destination.
Taxis are also available for local commuting in Delhi. There are various prepaid ambassador taxi’s available throughout the city. Apart from that other private taxi chains are also available such as OLA cabs, Meru, Mega Cabs, Taxi for sure etc. available for easy commuting within the city.
Delhi Metro – A remarkable milestone in Delhi’s public transportation system
The Delhi Metro is a rapid transit system serving Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region of India. Delhi Metro is the world’s 13th largest metro system in terms of length. Delhi Metro was India’s first modern public transportation system, which has revolutionised travel by providing a fast, reliable, safe, and comfortable means of transport. The network consists of six lines with a total length of 189.63 kilometers (117.83 miles) with 142 stations road infrastructure.
The metro has an average daily ridership of 2.4 million commuters.
For more information on Delhi Metro, you may visit www.delhimetrorail.com
Being national capital and centuries old Mughal capital, Delhi influenced the food habits of its residents and is where Mughlai cuisine originated.
The dearth of food habits among the city’s residents created a unique style of cooking which became popular throughout the world, with dishes such as Kebab, biryani, tandoori. The city’s classic dishes include Butter chicken, Aloo Chaat, chaat, dahi vada, kachori, chole bhature, Chole kulche, jalebi and lassi etc.
American Express, Diners Club, Master card and Visa are widely accepted.
- Police 100
- Fire 101
- Ambulance 102
These are the numbers in Delhi, but they are usually the same in other cities of India as well.
According to law, foreigners must have their passport with them at all times. To check into a hotel they must show their passport to the hotel clerk and fill out a form with their passport and visa information. If the police ask to see passport, then it must be shown it to them. They have the right to ask for it at any time during your presence in the city, for no reason.